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I have a question regarding muster drill on the Explorer of the Seas. Is the muster drill held standing at your muster station or seated in a lounge like some other lines? I'm concerned because my mother has some mobility issues and cannot stand for any length of time. Would a chair be provided if needed?




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There are usually some deck chairs around if your muster station is on open deck (it's usually a mix of the outside and inside). I use a wheelchair and we are kept to the side. I would arrive promptly or a tad early and speak to the muster station attendant and point out your mom's need to sit and they should be able to accomodate.

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Hi Wendy, observed this exact situation on the 10-1-06 Explorer to Bermuda, NO CHAIRS were allowed at the muster stations ON DECK. However, the deck hand did say the person(s) could remain inside the lounge and he would advise the person responsible for the count where the absentee was. I think they would do the same for you if you advised the crew at your boat station prior to the ship's whistle going off.

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That all depends on what muster station is assigned to your cabin. Some are held in lounges, some on outside port and starboard sides. It is all determined from your stateroom. Every ship has the stations in outside and lounge areas. Most outside areas are standing only. I would suggest you request a wheelchair for use onboard prior to your cruise. I just recently cruised with my DM in which we took our own wheel chair along, so this was not a problem for us the entire cruise. Some Cruise Critic people stated that wheel chairs are not provided my the cruise ships anymore, which I found out is not true. The cruise ships do provide wheel chairs for use ONBOARD ONLY!! They can not be taken on land. If you need one for land you must rent them from a place available on that port. I was on my last cruise on the Radiance and people were at the pursors desk, picking up their requested wheel chairs. I question the rep at the desk and she stated they do provide them for use onboard, but need to be requested prior to cruising. Good Luck and have a Great Cruise.

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On Brilliance our muster station was outside. There were a few chair set out near the bow of the ship for those who couldn't stand. My husband walks with a cane and they told us to go to those chairs. I guess it depends on the ship and what the captain decides.

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Another options is a Sportseat, it is a walking cane that folds out to become a stool. Here is a link to one http://www.comfortchannel.com/prod.itml/icOid/6469,sport_seat_walking_stick_portable_cane_chair There are others on the market as well. If you explain your mothers situation to the crew at the muster station there should be no problem with her using it.


Good Luck and Happy Cruising

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I think it just depends on where your station is assigned, we were on in May and our muster station met in one of the lounges- strange to me. Apparently all of the side windows of the lounge were sliding doors that opened in the event of emergency. Most people were seated the rest of us just stood around- not that it was hot outside (it was actually quite cold and wet) but it sure beat the heat of the muster drill in Miami!


I suppose there were many people out on the decks just as I had been in every other muster drill.

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